While there have been many a sporting event which has seen participation from Indians, gymnastics has always eluded us. However, the barrier has just been broken, with the entrance of Dipa Karmakar into the world of Gymnastics in Rio Olympics 2016. At the age of 23, Dipa has managed to steal the hearts of the entire nation, even though she was unsuccessful in getting a medal in the event. The simple fact that she was able to qualify not just for the qualifiers but into the finals and came up as the fourth in the end was a victory to be celebrated.
There are plenty of things which are first in the history, made by Dipa Karmakar. Now here are some interesting things about this star Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar hailing from Tripura.
Dipaâ€™s father is a weightlifting coach who was also involved in training athletes in Andaman Islands for nearly 5 years. No wonder, his daughter has bagged the fame of being the first Indian Gymnast in Olympics after nearly 50 years.
Everyone knows that Dipa Karmakar won the bronze medal in the common wealth games of the year 2014. But not many know that she was sporting an ankle injury while performing in the finals of the games and yet managed to bag the bronze.
Dipa Karmakar started very early in her gymnastics training, nearly at the age of five. Before she participated in the common wealth games held in India, she was practicing her vault gymnastics on 10cm thick irregular landing mats.
Of the many different variations in vault gymnastics, Produnova has always been an elusive one for many as a simple fault can easily break your neck or your spine. And yet, Dipa managed to make a top score of 15.1 in the event landing gracefully.
Another fact that stands testimony to her hard work is that she was born with flat feet and has worked harder over the years to make them curve as required in a gymnast.
Under the tutelage of Bisbeshwar Nandi, who has been her coach ever since she started practicing, she has managed to bag nearly 77 medals with 67 golds in events held both at the state, national and international levels.
She managed to bag the fifth place in the World Artistic Gymnastic Championship held in the year 2015, which helped bringing forward her ability into the limelight.
She has won the best Gymnast in the country for five consecutive years and was recognized as a â€˜World class gymnastâ€™ in 2016 by the body for International Gymnastics.
She also finished at the fourth place in the recently held Asian games in Incheon.